Regulars to my webpage and blog may remember the SANRASM debacle, and how a collection of valuable railwayana was reduced to so much scrap metal. It was a messy escapade, and the final outcome saw a new team placed in charge and some sort of rationality happening that seemed to signify that parts of the collection would survive.
The last time I visited there was in June 2012, although I really posted that information backdated to the blog in December 2011
. Like so many others I hoped that things would now progress from wreckage to preservation and finally to a fully fledged museum.
That never happened.
The reality is that somewhere along the line (April 2014?), the scrap vultures entered the premises and cut the frames of some of the locos to get at the bearings, rendering the locos irreparable, and only fit for the scrap. Once that damage has been done the loco will never move again. I saw it happen at Chamdor, and it happened at Sanrasm, and has now finally killed Class 19D-2644, aka “Whardale”. This historically valuable loco was the only one of its kind
, and was historically a very significant machine.
I hope that one day these vultures will become victims of their own greed. When there is nothing left to steal then what will they do? Our steam locomotives, like our Rhino, will be extinct very soon. What was saved? It is hard to know because I do not have all the information. But I know that both Class 6 loco’s were saved, although Class 6A No.454 has had her frames cut to steal the bearings off it. Fortunately the decision was made to rescue the loco and she is now privately owned and may end up on the rails again one day
The tender from Wardale was also saved and I do know that one diesel was also saved. but do not know what happened to the other two.
Various parts from other loco’s were saved to keep the pool of steamers running. I do not know which coaches were saved. The former 4-10-2T North British Loco No.23722 was saved and is now plinthed at the Rand Society of Model Engineers site in Len Rutter Park, Florida. (2014)
More images from the disaster that was Sanrasm may be found at my allatsea blog
© DRW 2014-2021. Image recreated 17/04/2016. Updated 12/03/2017, added 10 wheeler 26/03/2017